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Ryan Loft reflects on Harrogate emphatic away win

2 December 2020

Forward Ryan Loft spoke following the comprehensive 5-2 away win against Harrogate Town on Tuesday.

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The 23-year-old was one of the four goalscorers on the night to notch his third goal for the club, while the Iron scored five in an away game for the first time in eight years.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “It was a great win. We were just talking in the changing room about how much of a big result it is for us.

"Obviously, getting more than one or two goals helped the defenders, which makes it easier for the team. We are buzzing with it.

“In the last five or six games we’ve been hard to beat and even when we have drawn or lost we’ve only conceded one goal.

“That was our main problems with the games before. We were conceding too many goals. We all know we’re never going to win if we don’t score. I think going forward we’re in a good place defensively and attacking.”

Discussing the match, Loft said: “We never underestimated the team coming here and we knew they would be a tough team to play against with the way that they play. We brought the confidence we had in the last few games. The sky's the limit.

“We scored five goals, but we thought we could have got more. We’re happy with the five today.”

Reflecting on his recent performances, he added: “I’ve probably been getting a bit of stick with not scoring.

"I’ve been speaking to the manager and he showed me a few clips where I can be to get more goals and help the team in that way. That’s what I tried to do today. I need to be in the frame of the goal and in the six-yard box. Luckily there was a good play by Gilliead with a nice cross in and I just had to tap it home.

"I think the last five or six games I’ve been competing a bit better. In the back of my mind I’ve known I wanted to get a goal to help the team but, as the sort of player I am, I’ve got to try to be an all-round player. I’ve got to try and put it all together and then I’ll be fine.”

United have now taken 10 points from a possible 15 following that run of eight successive defeats in all competitions and have won the last three away league games for the first time since January 2019.

Commenting on the teams good run of games, Loft continued: “When you’re winning and your team is playing like we did on Tuesday, you feel fluent and goals just happen naturally.

“We are creating more chances and getting more crosses into the box and if we keep doing that we’ll be fine.”

Looking forward to the Iron game on Saturday at home against Leyton Orient, which has been brought forward to a 1pm kick-off, the forward said: “We need to take the good form away back into our home games and you want to put on a good performance especially at home. Hopefully, we can do that Saturday.

“I feel a lot of confidence in the team, we’re all backing each other. No matter if the team does change, whoever comes in like McAtee came in today, they put on a good performance.

“Everyone’s fighting for each other, the team morale is good and hopefully we to add to that and we’ll be fine.”

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